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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Day 19 - Adder!

I know a lot of people don't particularly like snakes but I love them and would be thrilled to see our native adder out in the wild - we've looked out for them in areas where they are likely to be but so far haven't been lucky enough to see one.  Snakes are beautiful and their skin is very soft and smooth to the touch not slimy as many think they are.  I got to hold a big one last year at Trotters Animal Park in the Lake District although I have to admit I did get a little nervy when it looked as if it was about to curl it's head around my neck! For some reason the photo won't upload here.

The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain but they are not aggressive animals, but generally shy and timid. Adders will only use their venom as a last means of defence, usually if caught or trodden on. They need to be treated with respect and left alone.  They are easily identified by their beautiful zigzag markings down their backs and v shape on the back of the head.

To read more about the adder click on this link.


  1. Brilliant result Sharon, love the texture you have created for his skin

  2. I have enjoyed looking through your blog and seeing all your paintings. They are all very well done. I especially love the dog portraits. Good luck with the 30 in 30. You're doing great!

  3. Beautiful rich colors in this one, Sharon. I met an adder when i lived in England. it was during a Brownie hike on the moors. Bit the girl next to me - she lived, but was put in in hospital and I have been scared of snakes ever since

  4. Hi Sharon Tiy are doing great and coming up with even more wonderful paintings. the colours in this painting are great.

  5. Ah Sharon - you managed to make something I don't care for into a very lovely painting. I think your adder reminds me a bit of our rattlesnakes. Take care and be careful as you ramble through their habitat. Have a great week-end.


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